On December 28, 2017, in the Government House, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic met with parliamentarians. Alexander Zakharchenko addressed the traditional annual message to the DPR People’s Council.
The head of the Republic expressed critical remarks on the results of the work of the People’s Council in 2017.
“If in the two half-years of the outgoing year, the People’s Council in the two readings adopted 55 basic laws, then, in comparison, in 2015, 80 were adopted.
My opinion: there are two reasons for this, a positive and a negative. Let’s start with the positive. If in 2015 we passed laws that were vital for our state, and without them it could not develop, then, as a result, there were more laws adopted.
Since 2015, we have all been studying and, I must say, have become more professional. Therefore, in 2017, the People’s Council as a whole, and you, as deputies in particular, approached the adoption of laws more responsibly, thoughtfully dealt with every problem that arises in the adoption of these laws.
The negative option is that we lost that flame, the fuse that we had in 2014-2015. If it’s true, I think it is necessary to fight it, each of you and you, Denis Vladimirovich (Pushilin, Chairman of the People’s Council – ed.), first of all. But being perfectly aware of the situation that has developed in the state itself, and, in particular, in the People’s Council, I think that we still have passion for this. And this is most pronounced in your professionalism,” Alexander Zakharchenko stressed.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Republic also noted the positive results of the activity of the parliament.
“I do not want to say that the year 2017 ended badly. A number of laws were adopted that are vitally important for our state: the pedigree work in livestock breeding; on public-private and municipal-private partnerships and others. These laws allowed our economy to stabilize the situation in 2017, and we can end the outgoing year with those indicators previously reported by the ministers.
In 2017, thanks to your work and thanks to the work of the government, we are already withdrawing from the survival budget, and 2018 will be met with the development budget. In the future, I hope that in 2018 we will move from a 3-month, quarterly budget planning, to a semi-annual, and maybe even annual budget planning in order to more effectively manage our resources and the means that we have. And in this, by the way, your greatest merit.
In addition, the work of the deputies in the districts is very encouraging. According to the statistics that I received in 2017, the efficiency of work in the districts increased by 30%. I would like to especially note the Novoazovsky district. We communicated a lot with the deputies who go there, and I specifically rechecked: the information you reported on, Ekaterina (Gubareva, a deputy of the People’s Council in Novoazovsky district – ed.), was very pleasing. Indeed, the attitude of people in Novoazovsk is changing both to the authorities and to the People’s Council.
The city of Gorlovka is marked with a special plus. This is also an indicator that you as deputies begin to go to the people and hear the problems that people have.
According to statistics, for 70% of citizens’ questions received by deputies of the People’s Council [during deputy receptions], the people put “plus”, “sorted”. If you take the year 2016 – it was much less. And this is an indicator of your work,” the Head of State stressed.
Separately, Alexander Zakharchenko noted the productive work of the two parliamentary committees.
“I was very pleased with the work in the committees. I particularly follow the work of the Committee of the People’s Council on Agriculture and Land Resources and the Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Policy. To be honest, the questions that were raised at my presence me, and, most importantly, those issues that the committees solved, found their reflection in the adopted draft laws,” he said.
According to Alexander Zakharchenko, the upcoming 2018 will be the year of economic development of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
“As for the next year. 2018 is a turning year. I understand perfectly well that we are still at war. In addition, our country is in an economic blockade. And besides, not everyone understands that we are in an unrecognized legal status. But I consider 2018 a breakthrough year. Why? Because we already won the war. Yes, we have an enemy, it stands on our borders, every day there are fights, every day we have clashes… But, dear colleagues, dear deputies, today we can say with confidence that the enemy did not break us, but we broke the enemy. Therefore, it is time for both the government and the People’s Council to think about a more global problem – the development of the economy and social security of our citizens.
It is impossible to fight all your life, the war ends sooner or later. Our war will end with our victory – I am deeply convinced of this. I think that you are sure of that, too. And it is necessary to make the 2018 the year of development of the country, development of the economy. Because the state should provide people with all compulsory social payments, develop the economy, and this is your main task. I am sure that the deputy corps will cope with this task. The experience that you have accumulated during this time will allow you to solve problems quickly, efficiently and qualitatively,” the Head of the Republic said.
At the end of his speech, Alexander Zakharchenko congratulated parliamentarians on the upcoming New Year.
“Dear deputies! On behalf of myself and the whole government, I want to congratulate you on the coming New Year. We wish you happiness, health, success, peace. To wish the victory for all of us, prosperity to you, and smiles for your families. I want to wish you to celebrate the New Year cheerfully, in a family circle, near the hearth. Congratulations on the upcoming New Year!” the Head of State said.